Businesses may fight $10 million bond for Barrera Parkway

$10 million bond proposal for Barrera Pkwy improvements

A city councilman wants to see improvements for the Enrique Barrera Parkway corridor like more lighting, safer streets, and better drainage.

The parkway is already busy, colorful, and vibrant but there are problems west-side Councilman Ray Lopez wants to fix.

Lopez says that he wants to invest at least $10 million from the proposed 2017 bond issue into the parkway, where drainage is a problem, there are no sidewalks and bus patrons are left to fight the elements.

"One of the most important things that could come out of this is to make the community vibrant. What I mean by that is people out in the evenings, going back and forth. Having confidence that they can go out after dark and be safe," Lopez said.

But many small business owners along the corridor said that they won't talk about improvements until their voices are heard.

"We don't have a voice, so there's a lot of anger, of course," Eigenio Rodriguez said.

Cooremans said "He could start first with putting our name back," said Michael Cooremans, owner of 4M Auto Supply.

Almost a dozen small business owners said that they have one goal.

"All they ask at this time is to be left alone and for their name to be brought back to Old Highway 90," Rodriguez said.

Several said that they would fight the bond unless the Old Highway 90 name is restored to the parkway.

"We're very hurt. We're damaged goods right now with the name change," Cooremans said.

Councilman Lopez said that he's looking for input from citizens, and many people said that they'll be happy to provide it as the bond process moves forward.


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